For someone living with Parkinson’s disease, eating can be a challenge – not only chewing and swallowing, but also getting the food to the mouth due to tremors and shaking. A new high-tech spoon is now available that “senses how a hand is shaking and makes instant adjustments to stay balanced.”
It was developed along with of Dr. Jill Ostrem, a neurologist at the UC San Francisco Medical Center who specializes in movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease.
An adaptive utensil like this can make a big difference in the quality of life for people living with tremors, allowing them to become more independent in eating.
The spoon is called a Liftware spoon and is offered through a company called Lift Lab (an NIH-funded start-up), which was recently acquired by Google.